The best of times

Isn't it interesting how timeless and true good writing proves itself, even in our modern age, and even though it was originally intended for a different literary context? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of [...]

Management: wasted on the youth

In 1938, Ed Sullivan wrote in one of his newspaper columns that "youth is wasted on the very young". He was paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw, who once said: "Youth is the most beautiful thing in this world — and what a pity that it has to be wasted on children!" What does this have to [...]

A twist on telecommuting

Derek Thompson from The Atlantic picked up a post I wrote a couple of years ago, entitled "13 arguments for telecommuting", in an article which proposes a twist on the idea: a 4-day workweek. The State of Utah switched to just such a program a year ago for its government employees, and the results are [...]

Let's recap where we are economically

A video compilation of various Peter Schiff TV appearances (2002-2009) is available on YouTube. The quality isn't that great, but the message is pure gold. He's been saying since 2002 that the US economy would collapse, and he gave solid reasons why it would collapse every time. His messages got more pointed with each appearance, [...]

A few words on the economic crisis at hand

I've just got to say what I'm about to say, because it's gnawing at me from inside, and I need to have it out. I'm not going to pretend I'm some economic guru, and I'll use plain words. My thinking on economics is simple. I understand tangible products. If an economy makes stuff I can [...]

American habits

Slow down. That's a phrase not often heard in the US. At least not among the people I know. But it's a notion that's slowly starting to make more sense. Americans love to think big and spend big. They want progress on every front, no matter what the cost. In the 20th century, that sort [...]

A job I do not want

A tower crane was recently set up close to where we live, in North Bethesda, MD. As I looked at it one day, I saw people walking on its arm, and from here, they looked as small as ants (see photos below). Can you imagine having a job like that? I think it would definitely [...]

Condensed knowledge for 2008-03-10

One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference http://tinyurl.com/yvxe36 # The Baker Boys: 1917 http://tinyurl.com/22eagb # In the Kitchen: 1910 http://tinyurl.com/29tgq5 # Day Boy: 1913 http://tinyurl.com/2y83kl # Free PDF to Word Converter http://tinyurl.com/3363tb # Lassie, Get Help: 1923 http://tinyurl.com/2onb2p # Dog Catchers: 1924 http://tinyurl.com/36h2ah # First steel-bodied school bus donated to Henry Ford [...]